Salvatore Macchia enjoys an active career as a performer and composer. A 2006-2007 Samuel Conti Award fellowship winner, Macchia’s compositions have been performed throughout the United States, as well as in Russia and Japan. In addition his music is frequently heard in major European cities and festivals, including performances in Berlin, Florence, Bordeaux, Strassbourg, Montova, the Festival “Bruit de la Neige” in Annecy, France, the Computer Arts Festival in Padova, the “Musica Nuova Festival” IX° edition 2000, Senegallia and the Santa Maria Musica Nuova Festival in Ancona, Italy. Other performances have taken place at the Warsaw Autumn Festival in Poland, the American Academy in Rome, the New England Chamber Music and Composers Conference, and the Aspen and Monadnock Festivals in the USA. He served as a juror at the Fourth International Contemporary Music Contest for Composers “Citta’ di Udine”, in Udine Italy.
Mr. Macchia’s catalog contains music in virtually every genre. To date this includes fifteen large orchestral works, an oboe concerto, 4 chamber concertos, a cantata and a ballet, as well as four chamber operas. In addition there is a large amount of solo and chamber music comprising six string quartets, a piano quartet, a substantial repertoire of music for diverse small ensembles and an ongoing series of pieces for solo instruments and tape. He has received commissions from the Harvard Summer Dance Theater, The Musica Nuova Festival, The New England Chamber Music and Composers Conference, The Computer Arts Festival in Padova Italy, the Pioneer Valley Symphony, the Musica in Irpina Festival in Avellino, Italy and the “Projecto Bresscia” in Rome Italy. Salvatore Macchia is a professor of composition and contrabass at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.